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Dark Horse Too Cream Stout - Dark Horse Brewing Company

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Dark Horse Too Cream StoutDark Horse Too Cream Stout

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Ratings: 1,032
Reviews: 411
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 10.03%
Wants: 70
Gots: 106 | FT: 3
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Dark Horse Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Milk / Sweet Stout |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Winter

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Beer added by: Mitchster on 02-05-2003

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Photo of projectflam86
3.68/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a deep jet black color with a thin brown head that leaves a bit of lace. This is probably one of the darkest beers that I've ever poured...

S- Strong dark chocolate aroma in the nose with some molasses and a touch of coffee grounds.

T- Very bitter initially like the way dark chocolate and coffee are bitter. Huge wave of alcohol in the finish. A lingering burnt aftertaste stays around. The overall flavor is that of a milk stout on steroids.

M- Medium/full bodied with low carbonation.

D- A bit too boozy and bitter for a milk stout.

Photo of righthereisay
4.62/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this at SharpEdge in Crafton PA during lunch but wanted to try it on a clean slate.

This may my favorite smelling beer. Coffee, Toffee, Chocolate, maybe licorice. I don't know.

Poured black. Not a lot of head.

The taste is great. One of the best. Very nice full body. Can't taste the alcohol. We got cocoa, coffee, it was great. Not as sweet as some other milk stouts, which I am thankful for. A little bitterness at the end, but not too much. Wished it were a little less though. A little too much carbonation, but not enough to spoil it.

Excellent beer.

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Darkhorse Too Cream Stout, the second stout in their seasonal/rotating stout offerings.

Pours a midnight black with a deep brown head. The head on this one is darker than most beers, almost ominous looking.

In the aroma, heavy on the roasted malt and some lactic sweetness also pulling through.

Roasted malt upfront giving off a nice deep malty roastedness common in great stouts. Oatmeal lends a silky smooth note, and lactose sugar rounds out the flavor with a milky sweetness. A nice stout with the ABV barely noticable.

Mouthfeel is smooth and silky. Easy drinking, good flavors. I am consistantly impressed by Dark Horse Brewing, and this cream stout is no exception.

Photo of prdstmnky
3.63/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours with a jet black body, and 1/2 inch of creamy mocha head the settles to a nice cap after a few minutes in my pint glass. Milk and dark chocolates coming through in the nose, as well as some roasted malts, lactose, and coffee. More of a roasted coffee flavor, than the chocolate I got from the aromas. There is a whole lot of roastiness in this stout's flavor profile - maybe bordering on having too much of a roasted character for the style. Slightly above a medium bodied stout, average carbonation, and slightly dry which was a bit unexpected. I did find it fairly drinkable, it drinks more like a 6% American Stout than an 8% Sweet Stout IMO.

Photo of JDFish
3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured very dark into a beer mug. Very little lacing left from a disappering 1/2" head.

S: Chicory and expresso burnt coffee. Did catch a whiff of dairy cream.

T: Roasted malts and coffee. Some sweet malts left on the lip.

M: A little light, in my opinion, for the style. Not bad by any means

D: Coffee shot at first, but followed by a smooth aftertaste, making this very drinkable.

A very nice stout, no sickening rotten molasses here. Good brew

Photo of BARFLYB
4.12/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My last in the 5 part series. Inside a pint glass.

Dark Horse Too is a deep dark looking black stout with that signature dark tan, mocha colored head thats about an inch and leaves some stick, never leaving. Smell is more on the roasty side than creamy truthfully, I thought this was a coffee stout initially. If this is a sweet stout, it does not show. Taste is all coffee and with significant warming some vanilla and faint chocolate come out and dance. Coffee bordering on espresso. Feel is silky and a bold medium with a smooth feel, easy going down the hatch, no burn from the eight percent. As with all in this stout series, its a easy drinker, and while it is much off style, too gets points for having class.

Photo of PDXHops
3.94/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Ryan011235 for this 12 ounce bottle, poured into a Duvel tulip. A dark ass beer with a dark ass head, not too thick, but it sticks around for a bit. Not a lot in the way of lacing, though.

Plenty of chocolate both bitter and sweet in the nose. A hearty dose of roasted malt as well. Thick bodied with a velvety smooth feel that's enhanced by the lactose. I like this beer; it's the rare milk stout that doesn't feel the need to be overly sweet. The smoothness and moderate sweetness work quite well with the lingering dry roast. Really, the roast is so strong as to overshadow the sweeter aspects of the beer, and it seems to be for the better as far as I can tell. Nice beer that goes down easy. 8%? Dangerous stuff.

Photo of oglmcdgl
3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A pint on tap at ujs.

A- comes to me with about an inch of mocha colored head that settles quickly leaving a small wispy island on top and a thin ring around the glass. Pitch black in color with just the faintest brown glow at the edges.

S- loads of coffee and cream. Some chocolate and super dark malts.

T- this one is all about the roast. Espresso, burnt malts, bakers chocolate, toasted dark bread. Light sweetness that brings some balance to things.

M- a few steps above medium in body with a light carb fitting the style nicely.

D- this is a good cream stout it would be a great coffee stout. That being said I really enjoy this brew and like most of their line up its amazingly easy to drink.

Photo of beergod1
3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark, near black brown with a slight reddish tint and a foamy dark brown head. Great aroma, roasted malts, lots of chocolate, a little burnt coffee, touch of hops. Flavor is coffee, Cocoa and cream with a smooth, sweet Malt, and a roasted smoky finish. And a touch of hops to even things out. I think for a Cream Stout, this has more "Bite" than usual. But still a very good stout.

Photo of DannyDan
4.01/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A. Pours out black with a thin tan head that quickly disappears. It has good carbonation, but little retention and lacing.
S. Roasted coffee, roasted chocolate, and toffee. One of the best aromas I have smelled from a beer in a long time.
T. Get some roasted dark chocolate with some hops up front, than get some coffee followed by some milk which takes away some of the bitterness and than it finishes off with some blackstrap molasses and than some orange. The after taste is dark chocolate with a bit of orange.
M. A nice smooth creamy feel to it, but yet a little bit watery. Seems like it should be more fuller bodied than it is.
D. This is a good tasting beer that is light to medium bodied that hides its 8.0% ABV very well and not being as thick as I thought it would be and being a smooth flowing easy beer to drink makes this a nice drinkable brew.

Photo of Doomcifer
3.97/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Pours a pitch black color with an extremely dark, milk chocolate head that fizzles away to a ring around the glass. Smells of much roastiness, some lactose, bittersweet chocolate....Taste has sweet malts and lactose up front and goes into a chocolatey flavor which then morphs into a very roasty and milky flavor that grips the tongue for a good while...very lasting roast. Moderate carbonation fights through the creamy textured body. Very tasty but by the end of the pint I prefer to move on as the flavor becomes a bit cloying.

Photo of stimulus
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle (in a 4 pack) into a pint glass.

A: Pours a jet black with a 1/2 finger brown head.
S: Milk chocolate with some caramel notes.
T: Tastes like chocolate milk or perhaps more like a "cold" hot cocoa: this is a very sweet cream stout.
M: Well carbonated, medium to light bodied, and has a very smooth, velvety finish.
D: Goes down way too easily: I could drink the four pack tonight quite enjoyably. Dark Horse definitely nailed the style on this one! I highly doubt that this is actually 8% abv, as Dark Horse doesn't release the ABV of their stouts (except Plead the 5th since I think it's high enough that it's required).

Photo of ShogoKawada
4.01/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz into leffe tulip. 4pk was like $10 or $12.

A- Black as all heck with a very nice dark, brown sugar/molasses colored head. 1cm that settles to a nice little pancake. Beautiful in the glass.

S- Bitter raw cocoa and some creamed coffee.

T- Same raw chocolate flavors, some nice sugary sweetness to round out the profile. Mild tart/dark fruit, fleeting though. Bitterness and roasted coffee comes on strong, stronger as it warms to room temperature.

M- Moderate carbonation keeps things moving but still allows the flavors to linger a bit. Pretty well balanced. A bit thin, still ABV is not very noticeable.

D- Moderately high, very enjoyable. Dark Horse makes some kick-ass stouts. Worth checking out.

Photo of dfillius
4.14/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Aggressive pour yields 1/2 finger of dark tan head with poor retention. Pitch black and viscous liquid leaves a film on the glass. More head please.

S: Coffee, cream, some alcohol. More diversity please.

T: Very bitter roastiness, like burnt bits in the oven. Black patent malt at 5-10% maybe? Roastiness is too much, a negative. Not a sweet cream stout. I'd like it to be a little more sweet and less roasty.

M: Very bitter. Like burnt cookie bits on the cookie sheet.

D: I can finish this pint, but I won't buy or order again.

Updated on 12/13/13 - flavor more balanced with subtle peat smoked malt notes complementing the full mouthfeel of lactose well!

Photo of dgugliuzza
4.2/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

My first official beer review! Here goes....

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a snifter

A- Pours pitch black with a burnt caramel colored head. Thin, film like layer of head remains consistent.

S- Smells of rich milk chocolate. Roasted, milky sweetness lingers in the nostrils. Some subtle hints of coffee round out the aroma. Very pleasant and inviting.

T- Deep, dark creamy chocolate taste. Finishes with a nice balance of roasted malt and bitter hops. A nice presence of milky sweetness from the lactose sugar. Unexpected yet delightful combination of milk and dark chocolate. 8.00% ABV is present with a warming alcohol finish.

M- Creamy and smooth mouthfeel. Very little carbonation to speak of. Finishes with a roasted bitterness. This is one full-bodied brew.

D- Good, but not great drinkability. This is due to the warming alcohol finish which catches up with you rather quick. Still, this is a very rich and complex variation of the style. I enjoyed it very much

Photo of duffcalifornia
3.52/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass

A: Pitch black with absolutely no light getting through. Thin, deep mocha head.

S: Alternates between the chocolate aromas of roasted malts and vanilla ice cream. Very inviting.

T: Can a beer be delicious and yet underwhelming at the same time? Very little of the malty aroma comes through in the taste, and the vanilla taste is faint and in the finish only. While on the tongue, this could be a warm and weak coke float.

M: Thinner than I'd like for a stout of this ABV. Low carbonation.

D: If I liked this more, it would be excessively drinkable and I would probably get into trouble after three or four because the alcohol doesn't come through in the taste. However, given my issues with this, it's a beer that I wouldn't turn down if given to me at a friend's house but not one that I'd actively search out.

Photo of dcsoke
3.67/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

What a stout! Dark, very rich and roasty with a lot of body. Coffee and cocoa flavors are slightly covered by the intense roastiness but it's good all around. Don't eat a heavy meal before drinking one because this will leave you full. Not recommended for the sensitive palate.

Photo of TriGuy20
3.63/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Served on tap poured into snifter.

A: Oil black with a dark mocha head. The lace clings to glass.

S: Mocha/ Sweet Cream/ Coffee

T: The mocha hits you right away and then fades into a bitter chocolate. The sweet cream is also quite prominent.

MF: The mouth feel lives up to the name, as this beer is very creamy on the palate.

D: This beer is a little to unbalanced, with the creaminess being a little to over powering and not a lot else to add more dimensions. With this being said 6 oz is plenty for this beer, there is not enough else to intrigue me to drink more.

A solid brew that, as stated above, is fun for a little bit but a full pour over stays its welcome.

Photo of OWSLEY069
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours jet black with a dark chocolate brown head. In the aroma, a roasted malt, coffee, and a small hint of sweet cream. In the taste, roasted coffee and chocolate, with a sweet creaminess in the end. A smooth and medium to big bodied mouthfeel, with a semi dry, small creamy coffee in the aftertaste. A really nice stout, and it goes down too easy for 8%.

Photo of cbutova
4.17/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Motor oil black with a very dark mocha cap. Head is fairly small in size and only retains decently. Only a few sticky spots of lace.

S- Very aromatic, get extremely roast malt and milk chocolate notes from several feet away. Definitely a slight coffee feel as well as a hint of dark fruit. Very nice.

T- Generally follows the nose but is even roastier and even a bit smoky in the finish here. Very bitter roast cocoa and coffee hints. The dark fruit picks up and becomes a bigger part of the beer.

MF- Very thick body with smooth, fine carbonation that dances on the tongue. Pretty bitter feeling coming from the roast flavors.

DB- An impressively flavorful and rich Milk Stout. If you like roast beer this is the place to go. The aroma is great and the taste is nice. I liked One and I like this Too.

Photo of Jayli
3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Consumed 12/31
Poured in to a pint glass

A: This beer pours a jet black color with a 1/4 inch of brown head that recedes immediately. Mild spots of lacing are left on the glass.

S: Nose is hearty, roast malts, ground roasted coffee and chocolate.

T: Taste starts with roasted malrs and then a good deal of bitter chocolate comes in. Charred notes and roast coffee come through and hold with a mild backbone of alcohol.

M: Medium body, higher carbonation, somewhat prickly.

D: Goes down easily, quite tasty - carbonation may be a bit high, somewhat filling, good kick, and nice representation of style. I really enjoyed this beer!

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.06/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by matt9875. Thanks Matt!

A: Deep black and opaque, void of color. A half inch of thick, beige head rests atop the beer and leaves ample lacing throughout the glass. A fabulous appearance.

S: Roasted malt, coffee, chocolate.

T: The beer tastes quite good. The roasted malt leads the way, followed by a pleasant coffee flavor that shows up on the palate midway through.

M: Creamy and smooth, with alcohol content well disguised.

D: I would definitely have this again.

Photo of Ryan011235
3.7/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter on 12/30/10

This is one of the darkest beers I've seen; it's near black while being poured. Milk chocolate colored foam rose just under an inch. Swirling helps maintain thin retention. Sporadic blobs of lace.

The aroma is simplistic; notes of roasted coffee & more-bitter-than-sweet dark chocolate support lactic sugar overtones. There is a faint mustiness nearly buried by the malt. Subtle notions of hops. The taste exhibits a similar simplicity & penchant for roastiness; smooth, rolling chocolate notes, roasted coffee & modest lactose notions (more downplayed than I expected). This isn't a particularly sweet beer to begin with but it does finish quite dry with a strong lingering espresso flavor. Carbonation is active enough to add a touch of prickliness to the otherwise very much full bodied feel. Were the carbonation halfed, this would easily be in imperial stout territory.

Though nothing spectacular, Too is solid if a little different than my expectations. Regardless, a cream stout that is light on the cream, heavy on the roast? Works for me.

Photo of BB1313
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a standard pint glass. Pours pitch black with an awesome brown head and decent lacing. This beer smells pretty good.. very sweet w/ hints of roasted chocolate, milk, vanilla; slightly smokey. Tastes good, but kind of plain. I was expecting a tad more due to the pleasant aromas. Definitely nothing offensive, just slightly bland, but enough flavor to satisfy. Lots of burnt, roasty characteristics. Feels nice, rich and creamy w/ medium-carbonation. Drinkability is alright, makes a nice sipper. Really nice brew from Dark Horse.

Solid cream stout w/ a kick! This one's not too far from being something really special. Anyone who likes stouts should give this one a try.

Photo of VelvetExtract
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours super black. No lighter hues are apparent on the outer edges of the beer. The head is dark tan and it slowly recedes. The lacing retains well too.

S-Crazy amounts of roastiness. Smells milky and chocolatey. There is also a bit of darker fruits as well. The alcohol makes an appearence but adds depth.

T-Rich milky flavor catches me off guard but not in a bad way. A lactose intolerant kid's nightmare. Roastiness is here less than the nose. Chocolatey as well.

M-Lighter than anticipated. Would have liked it a bit thicker.

D-At 8% this one drinks very easy.

Try it out.

Dark Horse Too Cream Stout from Dark Horse Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 1,032 ratings.